We love West Coast Park for its amazing playground and gorgeous green space. Put it on your must-see list!
It’s not all about the East when it comes to the best parks in Singapore. The West has an equally amazing offering: West Coast Park! And us parents are huge fans. But if you thought West Coast Park was just about the fabulous playground then think again! We’ve done all the research into how to get the most out of the area with kids, so you don’t have to. Winner!
The lowdown on West Coast Park
If you live in Singapore’s west, then there’s every chance you’ll already be a regular at West Coast Park (crikey, we feel like it’s our second home!). Even if you’re not a Westie, you’ll no doubt have heard of the park as being Singapore’s best in the west. We’re in agreement on this one – it takes some topping as far as kiddie hangouts go and makes for a great pram-friendly walk, too.
THE place to be is of course the playground – it’s no exaggeration to say it’s AMAZING (see below for the full lowdown). And, even if you don’t spend any time at the playground, West Coast Park still has loads to offer. It ticks all the boxes when it comes to social distancing (yay!), with plenty of green space (50 hectares no less), making it one of our faves for outdoor fun and a daily dose of exercise.
Here’s our rundown of the best bits…
The “grand” lawn
OK, it’s maybe not the official name, but either way it’s accurate. This large, open grassy space is our top pick for ball games, cartwheels… you name it. It’s also the best spot in West Coast Park for flying kites (we’ve been waiting for it to reopen so we can get back to it!). Note: there’s limited shade so head here early or opt for the tree-lined edges. Oh, and remember that sunscreen – we’re absolute sticklers for sun safety!
Look out for wildlife!
West Coast Park is nestled between the West Coast Highway and the port, which score terribly in the beauty stakes. Despite that, the park itself is home to loads of cool, local wildlife. Get through the park’s gates and its ugly neighbours are soon forgotten. We especially love the twisty tree walkways at the start of the park, near the Pasir Panjang Wholesale entrance. The monkeys seem to agree and are regular visitors here. Monkeys are always a sure-fire hit with the mini squad; just make sure everyone is waving from afar! If you’re lucky, you might even spot a hornbill or two.
Marsh Gardens hideaway
Keeping with the wildlife theme, the best hidden gem in the park – hands down – is the Marsh Gardens. At the opposite end to Pasir Panjang Wholesalers, this place is always quiet… a big social distancing yes! The gardens offer a boardwalk leading to a small lake and jetty, which is great for terrapin spotting. It’s sure to keep kiddos entertained as you walk on through!
Sand pits galore
Other than that phenom playground, there are still plenty of other activities at West Coast Park to keep all the fam busy. It might not have the beaches of its East Coast Park sister, but it does have some great (and spread out) sandy areas prime for castle-building. One is technically a volleyball court (great for the older kids), but we love to use it as a massive sand pit when it’s quiet.
Boats, boats and more boats
Although we’re obviously big West Coast Park fans, we’ll admit it doesn’t quite have the Insta-worthy vistas of the East. But what it lacks in palm trees it makes up for in boats! And who doesn’t love a game of boat I-spy?! (Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.) Those industrial views are great for little ones, with boats of all shapes and sizes to spot.
Dogs are welcome!
Dog owners rejoice! If you’re bringing your four-legged friend out for some exercise too, then check out the dog run at the Pasir Panjang end of the park. This is the perfect canine haunt and is sure to impress dog-loving littlies too with its array of doggy pals.
Keep it moving
Apart from walking, the wide, open pathways here are ideal for scooting. You can also consider hiring a bike, or bringing your own. Go Cycling offers a range of options, including kids’ bikes, ones with baby seats and even tandems. The park is relatively flat, too, so it’s perfect for all fitness levels.
The best ever playgrounds
West Coast Park has eight offerings (yes, eight!). So however old your kids are, they’re sure to be in their element here.
For the little ones
As well as a dedicated toddler zone complete with fire engine and percussion wall (who’s toddler doesn’t love making a noise?!), there’s also sand pits galore. Buckets and spades are compulsory. If that wasn’t enough, there are two ships for nautical-themed adventures. Go back in time with a Viking discovery or channel your best pirate impression on the Jolly Rodger. And let’s not forget the humble swing (always a big tick in our book).
One of our favourite areas here is the blue slide zone. As well as being a fab play structure with slides and climbing frames aplenty, it also benefits from the shade early in the day. This space has been specifically designed so it’s accessible for all and wheelchair-friendly, too.
For the older kids
Older kids will go nuts over the gigantic climbing frame and slide combo. It’s THE play structure in West Coast Park. We’ve even been tempted to give it a go (all in the name of research, obvs). There’s also zip lines, an assault course and balancing beams galore to explore here.
Food and drink pitstop
Sadly, there’s not a lot in the way of food options at West Coast Park beyond McDonald’s. So, if you can’t live with the burger guilt, we’d recommend coming prepared with a picnic. Or just going back home, obvs! On the upside, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to set up your feast. There are also BBQ pits if a picnic won’t cut it. Didn’t come prepared? Head to Kith, just a short stroll away. Get your coffee to go and throw in a banana bread for good measure – it’s the best.
The closest MRT is Haw Par Villa on the circle line, but it’s still a good (and for the most part scenic) 30-40 minute walk from here to the playground. The park extends all the way to Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre, so you’ll only have to walk the West Coast Highway (admittedly not so picturesque) for a little bit. If that’s a bit much in the scorching Singapore heat, hop on the 175/176 bus. You can then skip the dull road section and start your walk close to the park entrance.
If you want to head straight to the action (think grand lawn, Marsh Gardens and playground in better days), then stay on the bus and head for McDonald’s. This is your best bet for directing taxis to as well. If you’re driving, then McDonald’s is the nearest car park for all the activities.
So, there you have it. A fabulous time for the whole West-residing household awaits at West Coast Park. Enjoy!